Please note that this series of events has been organised by the Wellcome Library, and will take place in the Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection.
Art, Power and the Asylum: exploring the Adamson Collection
What is the value of art created in the asylum? Who does it belong to and how should it be used?
Join contributors from the fields of mental health, art, libraries and ethics for a series of intimate discussions exploring value, power and identity, and shape how the Adamson Collection is framed.
The events will taking place in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection and are drop-in events. First-come-first-seated – places are limited.
Naming the Unnamed
Tuesday 18th July, 15.00-16.00 (viewing of selected paintings, 14.00-15.00)
Should artists be named, or should they remain unnamed patients? Join Val Huet (BAAT), Michael Barham (Dramatherapist), Fiona Johnstone (Birkbeck) and Marie-France (ex- service user) to explore issues of sensitivity, identity and agency.
The ‘A’ Word
Thursday 20th July, 19.00-20.00 (viewing of selected paintings, 18.00-19.00)
Is work from the asylum art or medical record? What art history period does it fit into, if any? Join Beth Elliot (Bethlem Gallery), Marc Steene (Outside In) and Lamis Bayar (Dragon Café) to discuss how art from the asylum (and beyond) can be framed, and the value of terms such as Outsider Art and Art Brut.
Photography will be taking place during this event. Please speak to a member of staff for further information.
Read the Wellcome Library’s blog post about this event:
You can view the Adamson Collection online:
More information below flyer…
Borderline Arts raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder and empower those with with the condition and their care-givers/loved one. We are the only BPD-specific charity in the UK and have some exciting FREE activities coming up…
Therapeutic Art Group
This is an informal space, where those affected with BPD can get creative and express themselves in a safe environment, run by an Art Therapist. The sessions are from 10.30-12pm at 119 Osmaston Road, Derby on the following dates: Jan 16 & 30, Feb 13 & 27, March 12 and one more date tba). You can find more information here and on the attached poster.
Creative Writing Workshop
We’re holding a free day-long creative writing workshop on Monday 25th January 2016 for those with or affected by BPD. It will be held at 119 Osmaston Road, Derby from 10am – 4pm. The qualified creative writing workshop facilitator will help participants to create a piece(s) of writing/poetry to express their experience of BPD. There is the potential of the pieces of writing being compiled into a booklet, but only if participants wish to do this. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place! You can find further information on the attached flyer.
Back in October, in collaboration with Free Space Gallery, Mental Spaghetti and eight contributors* made an outdoor installation. Using plaster of paris, we cast, carved and sculpted our way to making ex-voto style offerings, on plinths, to sit in the front garden of Free Space Gallery.
The collaborative sculptures are now installed in the front garden at Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town Health Centre. Please join us, this Friday 18th December, from 3-5pm at Free Space Gallery. Melissa from Free Space and Marie from Mental Spaghetti will be there, with mince pies and mulled wine, and we hope that you can all make it along to view the installation.
As well as seeing our work in the garden, there’s also an opportunity for you to view the latest Free Space Gallery exhibition – ‘Vulnera’. Hope to see you there!
*If you would like to take part in making something like this artwork, look out for upcoming workshops by following the MS blog.
What: Workshops to create an outdoor installation
Where: Freespace Gallery, 2 Bartholomew Road, London, NW5
When: Friday 9th, 16th and 23rd October
In celebration and support of World Mental Health Day 2015 , in collaboration with Free Space Gallery, and in support of the Mental Health Foundation, we will be constructing a plaster of paris outdoor installation which will live in the Well-beeing Garden at Free Space Gallery.
Join us from 2-5pm on the 9th, 16th and 23rd October to design, create and install plaster representations of your memories – good, or bad. Our memories will be cast in the style of ex-voto offerings, a votive offering left at shrines of deities, saints or divinities. In the latin world ex-votos are left in a ‘wishing’ way, perhaps to mend a broken foot, or to ask for the blessing of a child, to cure an unwell heart or even to ask for your local football team to win a game. You can read more about ex-voto offerings here.
We will be casting our memory-related objects, then install them on plinths to display to all visiting Free Space Gallery. The art objects will start life as a small shape, cast from a mould, then carved into either something figurative, such as a body part, or representation of someone dear, or something symbolic, perhaps a shape relating to a special memory. In leaving these offerings, we will either be celebrating a fond memory, representing something or someone special to us, or casting free bad experiences or troubles.
Ex-voto offerings from around the world.
All materials will be provided, but please, if possible, bring an apron or wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (although nothing will stain!). We will be using the following materials: plaster of paris, water, acrylic paint, craft knives, files, surforms and sandpaper.
Tickets are free, as usual, although you must book your space. To reserve a space on the three workshops, or, if you can’t make all three, a particular workshop, sign up on our events page at Eventbrite. If you have any problems with signing up, send us an email and we can help.
What: ‘Lost & Found’ – Free Creative Workshop & Exhibition Opportunity from Ubuntu Arts
Where: The Art Room, Goodmayes
When: Thursday 30th July to Thursday 20th August, and Thursday 3rd September to Thursday 24th September
Ubuntu Arts are a London based non-profit art collective. Following their successful ‘Reaching Out’ event in March 2014 they are currently seeking artists to create and exhibit work following the proposed theme ‘Lost & Found’ to be part of their anticipated autumn show.
Registration to the following two courses of workshops are now open for applicants:
* 2nd Workshop Module: Thursday 30th July to Thursday 20th August (Thursdays 2 to 4pm).
* 3rd Workshop Module: Thursday 3rd September to Thursday 24th September (Thursdays 2 to 4pm).
Invitation to enrol on Thursday 16th and 23rd July between the hours of 2 – 4.00 pm at the ‘Art Room’, Goodmayes Hospital.
Please download the welcome pack, including Poster File, Project Brief and Registration Form, here.
For further information about the ‘Lost & Found’ Event, contact : email@example.com
Selected artists will be given the opportunity to exhibit in the well lit and professionally finished display cases, located on the first floor of Ilford Central Library Exhibition Gallery, located in the heart of Redbridge.
The show will be installed by experienced curators, and invitations, press releases, promotion and opening reception/private view will be organised to the highest spec. along with a opportunity to get involved with a ‘special day’, a joint effort with sympathetic organisations to commemorate ‘World Mental Health’ Day on Saturday 10th October.
Ubuntu Arts will also be taking part in the forthcoming NELFT Sports Day, Wednesday 15th July, 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm, at the Goodmayes Hospital sports field. They will be hosting a small creative workshop,’Fun Recycled Crafts’, and enrolling opportunities for the next two creative workshop blocks.